CFIE Family Newsletter

Friday, January 27, 2023

CFIE Mission:

The Carolina Forest International Elementary (CFIE) community is accountable for educating and empowering our students to make a difference in the world.


  • Please keep your child's lunch account up to date so they have enough money on their account to purchase their breakfast/lunch and, if you allow, snacks can be purchased too- OCS Nutrition makes it easy by having a way to make payments online! Did you know that meal charges left unpaid follow your child each year? When they get to middle and high school, students who owe money for meal charges may not be able to try out for extracurricular activities like sports and may not be permitted to walk the stage at graduation unless these charges are paid! If you think you may qualify for free or reduced meals, please complete the online application ( Be sure to also send money for meals while you wait for the decision on approval!
  • January 30 - Meteorologist, Les Still, talks weather with 2nd and 5th grade students!
  • January 30 - LAST DAY to turn in CCCC field trip form- only 50 students from grades 3-5 will get to go!
  • January 30 - Kindergarten students are allowed to dress as Kings/Queens on Monday to celebrate the end of their CKLA knowledge unit. No staffs, swords, weapons, etc. allowed.
  • January 31- APEX Student Kick-off! Check out PTO News below for more details!
  • Tuesday, January 31st & Thursday, February 2nd - 4th and 5th grade students take the NC Check-Ins Assessments! Please ensure student have their laptops, the laptops are fully charged, and students are on time for school!
  • February 3 - CCCC Dental Field Trip!
  • February 3 - 1st Grade Guest Speaker from Onslow County Museum
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Order a CFIE Yearbook!

Right now, the yearbook is $20. After March 1 deadline, they will be $25. Here is how to order online -

  • go to
  • Click Order Pictures and Yearbooks.
  • Enter our Online Code: YB27128
  • Enter your name and email, then click Access Yearbook.
  • Enter your child's information, then click Submit Details.
  • Select your product and quantity. Click View Cart to proceed to checkout.


Here is the link to the Title I Page on our school website:

On the website you will also find a link for resource bags but here is the link for easy access- .

Reminders will be going out/have been sent out to return any bags currently checked out, and new bags will be sent home that have been requested. We are currently in the process of creating Spanish resource bags, so please look for more information to come forth soon!

The next Parent Workshop Night is Thursday, March 2nd, from 5-7 pm, during our Read Across America Celebration!

Melanie McGuire

Title I Coach

PTO NEWS! APEX is Coming!

Our Apex REMIX Fitness fundraiser and leadership program kicks off on Tuesday, January 31st!

Our Apex REMIX Fitness event fundraiser and leadership program begins next week!

We love the amazing leadership and character-building portion of the Apex program as it focuses on developing student self-control and interpersonal skills that are vital for school and life success. With this year’s #ApexXFACTOR theme, students and staff will be immersed in an epic two-week adventure where they will discover the mystery of the X-Factor and reveal the true leader that lives within them! These quick, engaging lessons tie in with our schools’ vision and mission, encourage students to create a positive environment, and inspire them to lead by example.

✅ : The Apex REMIX Fitness Event will be held on Friday, February 10th!

More info on how to make a pledge to support our school will go home next week!

#ApexLeadershipCo #ApexXFACTOR #BuildingLeaders

Third Graders Extending CKLA Unit through Technology & Hands-On Applications!

Third graders have recently explored The Viking Age in their CKLA reading unit! Students in Mrs. Duran’s, Mrs. Martin’s, and Mrs. Riggs’s classes have taken what they learned and are applying it to a culminating learning experience!

In Mrs. Duran’s and Mrs. Martin’s classes, students are using Minecraft Education to build a Viking Village! They created a class rubric to guide the must-haves, but were also able to add on additional pieces to their village based on the knowledge they gained from this unit! In addition, students will later be able to use their village creation to apply math concepts like area and perimeter! Thank you to Mrs. Mundy, our DLTF, in helping guide teachers and students with this Minecraft experience!

In Mrs. Riggs’s class, students are using a character description and how their actions contributed to the story to design the viking ship that the character would have! This is a hands-on experience where students are repurposing empty tissue boxes to create their ships!

All classes showed 100% of students fully engaged with conversations on what they learned and what they inferred based on the text!


Coastal Carolina Community College Dental Program Offers Free Opportunity to CFIE Students!

“CCCC’s Dental Program has partnered with Give Kids A Smile to provide preventative care for children in our community.” They have received funding to offer 50 CFIE students from grades 3-5, free sealants. “Sealants are a white material placed in the grooves of teeth to prevent cavities. The cost of this service is typically $40 per tooth, but will be provided to [CFIE’s 50] children for free on their Sealant Day.” Fourth and Fifth graders were first to get the permission slips last week and third graders’ permission slips went home today. Only the first 50 students to return a completed and signed two-sided permission form will get this great opportunity! This event will take place on February 3rd at CCCC (so students also get to see a college campus)! If you want your 3rd, 4th, or 5th student to participate, have your child turn in form asap, but no later than January 30th. Again, only 50 students will have this opportunity- will it be yours?
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Volunteer Opportunities at CFIE/ Be a Field Trip Chaperone!

There are opportunities to volunteer if you are not currently fingerprinted like proctoring the EOGs; helping in the library shelving books; cutting out manipulatives and bulletin board items; helping with our garden upkeep, helping with celebrations; cultural/career presentations….- if you wish to help in these kind of activities, reach out to our PTO at! When volunteering in this capacity, you will still need to report to the office first and bring an ID card to be checked into the school’s security system in order to account for everyone in the building in case of an emergency.

In order to be a volunteer at CFIE to work directly with students, including being a parent chaperone for field trips, the following process must be followed and approval obtained from District Office after a background check.

First, you must complete the the following form and seek Mrs. Hill's approval and signature-

Onslow County Schools Criminal Background Checks for School Volunteers form

Second, bring the completed and signed Background Checks form and a picture id to one of the fingerprinting sessions below:

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)

Lastly, as long as everything checks out, begin your volunteering experience with CFIE!

Menu Changes

We have been experiencing shortages in items lately. This has caused the menu to change at times. When we are made aware of any changes in products not being delivered and, therefore, menu changes, we will post this on our Facebook page as well as share with teachers to share with their families.

Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendars!

1/30 - Presentation from Les Still, Meteorologist- 2nd & 5th grades

1/31- 5th Grade NC-Check-ins - Earth Science; 4th Grade NC Checkins- Math

1/31- Report Cards go home

2/2 - 4th & 5th Grade NC-Checkins - ELA

2/3- Dental Sealant CCCC Field Trip (50 students)

2/3- 1st Grade Guest Speaker, Mary Downing, Onslow County Museum

2/6- Grades 3-5 Awards Ceremony:

3rd grade 8:30-9:00;5th grade: 9:15-9:45; 4th grade: 10:10-10:40

2/8- 4th Grade Arts Field Trip

2/8- Class Pictures

2/9- Early Release Day- students dismiss at 12:00 pm

2/10- 100th Day of School!

2/10- APEX Remix Fitness Event!

2/10- Sweetheart Dance (5:30-7:30 pm)

2/10-2/11- Honors Chorus

2/13- Lockdown Drill for staff & students

2/20- Staff Workday- no school for students

2/21-2/24- ACCESS Testing (ELL students)

2/27-3/3- ACCESS Writing Grades 1-3 ELL

2/24- Interim Reports go home

2/25- Odyssey of the Mind Tournament

2/27-3/3- Read Across America Week/CHEW Food Drive

3/2- Literacy Night (5-7 pm)/Title I Parent Workshop

3/2- Kindergarten Dental Screening

3/8- Tornado Drill

3/10- Staff Workday- no school for students

3/12- Daylights Savings Time Begins - Spring Forward 1 hour

3/15- Geography Bee

3/17 - Fifth Grade Field Trip

3/21- Spelling Bee

3/22- Early Release Day- students dismiss at 12:00 pm

3/28- Multiplication Bee

3/29- End of Grading Period

3/29- 1st Grade Guest Speaker, Mary Downing, Onslow County Museum

3/30- NEHS Induction (9 am)

3/31 - Third Grade Field Trip

4/3-4/7- Spring Break - no school for staff & students

4/10- Staff Workday - no school for students

4/11- 5th Grade NC Check-ins - Life Science (window open until 4/14)

4/13- Report Cards go home

4/14- Grades 3-5 Awards Ceremony

4/18- Lockdown Drill for staff & students

4/18 - Title I Parent Workshop

4/20- Grades 4-5 Chess Tournament

4/21- Grades 2-3 Chess Tournament

4/27- Math Counts Competition

5/1- Staff Workday - no school for students

5/1-5/5- Staff Appreciation Week

5/4- K-2 Field Day

5/5- 3-5 Field Day

5/8- EOY iReady Math Diagnostic & DIBELS

5/9- Interim Reports go home

5/19- Future Forward Fair (5-7 pm)

5/26-6/9 NC EXTEND I Testing

5/29- Holiday- no school for staff & students

5/31- Reading EOG (3rd) & Science (5th)

6/6- Reading EOG (4th & 5th); RTA (eligible 3rd)

6/8- Math EOG (3rd-5th)

6/9- Students Last Day of School/Report Cards go home

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